The US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized a Vice Chancellors’ Dialogue with public sector universities as part of its five-year, $19 million Higher Education System Strengthening Activity (HESSA).
The top leadership shared their experiences working with HESSA, including reflections on best practices in academia, research, and governance learned during their US study tour, as well as ideas for making the program more demand-driven.
HESSA is being implemented in collaboration with 16 Pakistani public sector universities and other stakeholders, with a focus on strengthening universities’ capacity to deliver market-driven education and research to improve graduate employability.
This goal will be achieved through three components: advancing leadership, governance, and management at Pakistani universities; improving the relevance, quality, and accessibility of higher education; and improving support services throughout the students’ life cycle.
“We are proud that our commitment to the education sector has helped lay the foundations for continued economic growth and development,” said Anne Flaker, Director of Education Office USAID.
“HEC is working closely with the US government to strengthen the higher education system in Pakistan and build a cadre of expertise and leadership in the areas of research, policy making, capacity building, student services, and financial aid,” said Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission.